Enough Wasted Food for a Roll-Off Container – stop it!

food waste because of "use by" dates. Did you know, that America throws away roughly 40 percent of its food every year? (According to a 2012 report by the National Resources Defense Council) That’s about $165 BILLION in wasted groceries and more than 20 pounds of food per person each month! It’s simple to say, we have a food-waste problem, and it’s hurting our wallets and the people most in need. If you are asking yourself, “What can I do to change these numbers?” Well, you can do a lot. Here are some places to start.

Stop worrying about “use by this date”

Most of the time, “use by” dates are not government regulated and typically don’t have anything to do with food safety. “Best if used by (or before)” and “use by” Refers to the quality of food, not the safety of it. This should be used more as a freshness guide, not as a hard-and-fast rule. The only federally regulated “use by” this date that should most defiantly be followed are infant formulas.

Ask for Ugly Produce

A great way to save money as well as not wasting food is to ask for ugly produce, such as imperfect looking fruits and vegetables. When people shop at a store, they’ll only buy the ideal looking fruits and vegetables. Leaving the misshaped ones to be thrown into a landfill. Even though that they still hold the same taste and nutritious values.

Buy From Bulk Bins

Buying in bulk not only reduces the amount of plastic we use, it also saves money and you’ll end up wasting less food! A study done by the NRDC showed that people who bought in bulk saved 89%!

You can normally buy things like nuts, dried fruit, grains, beans, seeds and spices are typically available, in addition to granola, cereal and baking supplies.

Donate What You Won’t Use

A study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says around 14 percent of American households cannot afford enough food to live active, healthy lifestyles. Instead of throwing away your food you won’t use, try to donate it to a shelter or church!

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